is the story of a war - between a hostile London government and
large numbers of cottage whisky-makers, mostly in the Highlands.
Highlanders believed they had a natural right to make whisky from
their own barley, just as they made porridge from their own oats.
The government, with little time or patience for the Highland
way of life, wanted to raise as much tax revenue as possible from
distillation. This book is based upon actual events in the Peat
reek conflict, stories which are a mixture of humour and tragedy
but which illustrate the indomitable spirit of the Highlander.